Windows Vista And Images
While deploying a version of Vista for your business, one of the most important points to keep in mind is that the nature of the install has changed in several ways: Vista essentially installs off an image file, which is compressed on the DVD media it ships with. Installation thus is a two-step process of first copying this image file to disc and then decompressing it and installing the drivers etc. This also means that the size of the image for Vista deployment has gone through the roof: while you could deploy an XP install on a single CD, the basic image size of Vista itself is close to 2 GB, compressed at that. The uncompressed version of the same can easily span more than 5 GB. Add to this additional programs that your business would require in a typical Vista deployment,and that one-CD requirement can easily become a DVD worth of data, if not more.
The good news is that like the previous iteration, Vista supports deployment from various resources, be they local such as an optical disc, or networked. You could also deploy Vista on a USB memory stick, if you have one large enough (and if your BIOS supports USB booting). Finally, the I386 directory no longer exists. Instead, all components, whether installed or not, reside in the Windows directory.